A Brandon couple that were each sent an extra voter information card in the mail has had their problem fixed according to Elections Manitoba.
As first reported by the CBC, Mary-Louise Davis and her husband were both sent an extra voter information card with details on how and where to vote. One of each of their cards had misspelled names on them.
"The only thing different in addition to the names is the voter identification numbers," Davis told The Sun. Her main concern about the extra cards was the possibility that identity theft might be involved.
Davis said that she contacted Elections Manitoba right after receiving the cards on Monday, but didn’t think the person she talked to had the authority to delete the erroneous voter entries from the list.
She did, however, verify that she and her husband were still properly registered to vote in the upcoming provincial election.
Elections Manitoba’s manager of communications Alison Mitchell told The Sun on Wednesday afternoon that the incorrect entries for Davis and her husband have now been deleted.
For the upcoming election, Elections Manitoba has made a permanent voter registry instead of the temporary registries that used to be made every time an election was called. Using the last election’s voter list as a base, Elections Manitoba has partnered with public agencies like Manitoba Public Insurance to keep the registry up to date.
"We largely rely on voters to confirm and update their information, so we knew that there would be errors and duplicates," Mitchell said. "In this particular case and I guess in other similar cases where people have received what seemed to be duplicates, we would see those on our register but we couldn’t be absolutely sure that it wasn’t two different voters."
"Rather than delete a voter and disenfranchise them, we would rather send out the two cards that are slightly different."
Mitchell said that voter fraud or identity theft wouldn’t be possible with the incorrect cards as people would need valid identification with the misspelled name to vote.
Voter information cards being sent out have information on what to do if you’ve received a card with incorrect information.
If you have received an incorrect card, you can visit your local Elections Manitoba returning office or call them toll-free at 1-866-628-6837.
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